Innovation Hub to Be Established in Upstate NY; Cornell to Lead Northeast Region

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ITHACA, NY (WENY) – The National Science Foundation has awarded $15 million to establish a new federal Innovation Corps Hub for the Interior Northeast Region.

According to Senator Chuck Schumer’s office, the hub will be led by Cornell University among other New York research universities.

Schumer said this new hub will be an important component of the rapidly growing tech economy in New York including the Southern Tier. Schumer also said the announcement will help to bring new opportunities in innovation jobs and transform Upstate New York’s economic landscape.

“Upstate New York is primed to lead the nation in developing and building the innovation economy, and I am proud to deliver this $15 million federal investment to help bring next generation technology out of the lab, spur startups, and create good-paying jobs. Cornell, working hand-in-hand with Upstate New York’s top research institutions, will strengthen the state’s research and innovation potential from Buffalo and Syracuse to Rochester and Binghamton,” said Senator Schumer. “Federal investment like this is how we breathe new life into Upstate New York and help reestablish the region as a global leader for innovation. In tandem with the historic funding I just led to passage in my CHIPS and Science Bill, and the largest ever investment in fighting climate change through the Inflation Reduction Act, we can transform Upstate’s economy and I will keep fighting to make sure Upstate workers secure good-paying jobs building our nation’s future.”

The Interior Northeast Hub will include areas from Upstate New York to New Hampshire to West Virginia and will support the administration of I-Corps entrepreneurial training programs and research in collaboration with nine partner institutions: the Rochester Institute of Technology, Binghamton University, University at Buffalo, Syracuse University, University of Rochester, University of Pittsburgh, Dartmouth College, University of Vermont, and West Virginia University.

The Interior Northeast Hub will officially launch on January 1st.


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